NordPVN is widely regarded as one of the best VPNs in the world, and for good reasons.
It has been constantly in the top of the VPN industry, thanks to innovative security solutions, fast Internet connections, quick response to user requests, and affordable prices.
A lot of Chinese Internet users depend on VPNs to bypass government bans and access blocked websites.
And yes, NordVPN should bypass the Great Firewall of China. Unfortunately, some users have reported that it doesn’t.
It’s pretty common for VPN services to fail working in countries with harsh Internet censorship policies. For instance, it’s illegal in China to use any Internet circumvention tool, such as VPNs or proxy servers.
Only government-approved VPNs are allowed. But we don’t recommend using them because their VPN traffic is monitored, collected and stored by the Chinese government due to backdoor access.
However, if you can’t download NordVPN in China from the official website, you should ask a friend outside of China to download and send the setup files. Another solution is download the app from mirror websites.
If you’re a NordVPN user who’ve living or traveling in China but can’t get it to work, we’re here to help. Here’s what you can do.
How can I make NordVPN work in China?
1. Connect to obfuscated servers
NordVPN is one of the few VPN services that support obfuscation mode. It’s an excellent solution for disguising VPN traffic as HTTPS traffic.
Obfuscation mode makes it look like you’re just a security-concerned individual that visits only HTTPS websites to take advantage of end-to-end encryption, which is unrelated to VPNs.
Here’s exactly how to connect to obfuscated servers and unblock NordVPN in China:
- Click the settings button in the main app window
- Go to Advanced and turn on Obfuscated servers (OpenVPN)
- Return to the main window and click on Specialty servers
- Click Obfuscated Servers to connect to the nearest obfuscated server, depending on your location
- Alternatively, click the … button to choose a specific country and server
2. Try another VPN protocol
If China blocks specific ports used by NordVPN and other VPN services, you can get around this by changing ports. And the easiest way to do this is by using another VPN protocol since each protocol uses a specific type of encryption and particular port numbers.
The NordVPN team recommends using the NordLynx protocol in countries with Internet restrictions.
Here’s how to easily change VPN protocols and bypass geoblocks in China with NordVPN:
- Go to settings and select Auto-connect
- Select the preferred VPN protocol
- Return to the main window and connect to a server
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use obfuscated servers with the NordLynx protocols. For obfuscation mode, you can use OpenVPN in either TCP or UDP mode.
3. Enable Custom DNS
By default, NordVPN uses private DNS servers to protect your DNS queries from hijackers while you’re connected to the VPN tunnel. However, if China is blocking the DNS servers of known VPN services, then NordVPN might also be on the list.
There’s a simple solution to this problem: change your DNS servers while staying connected to NordVPN. Here’s how:
- Head over to the Advanced settings of NordVPN and turn on Custom DNS
- Click Set a DNS server address
- Replace 0.0.0.0 with 188.8.131.52
- Click Set a DNS server address again and replace 0.0.0.0 with 184.108.40.206
- Return to the main window and connect to a VPN server
4. Disable the Internet Kill Switch
The VPN kill switch is an emergency measure, designed to protect your online privacy. In case the VPN connection drops unexpectedly, the kill switch intervenes and cuts of all Internet access.
It ensures that your true IP address and location won’t get leaked to the public Internet in the time it takes your VPN service to reconnect.
However, kill switches sometimes fail to restore Internet settings properly after such an emergency. To prevent this from happening in NordVPN, just turn it off. Here’s how:
- Go to the Kill Switch settings
- Disable App Kill switch
- Also disable Internet Kill switch
- Return to the main window and connect to a VPN server
5. Check split tunneling
Split tunneling is a technique that allows you to divert network traffic to the VPN tunnel or to the public Internet by application. It’s a good way to manage limited network resources.
For example, you could use a VPN with a torrenting client to protect your identity in the torrent swarm during downloads or uploads, while the remaining network traffic has a direct line to the public web, outside the VPN tunnel.
Here’s how to easily do it:
- Access the NordVPN settings
- Go to the Split tunneling section
- Disable the Split tunneling option
If you have previously used split tunneling mode but NordVPN doesn’t work in China all of a sudden, check this setting. Make sure your using your VPN and non-VPN applications correctly. Or you could just disable the split tunnel and automatically connect all your apps to the VPN to eliminate this issue.
6. Check your Internet connection
If the previous solutions don’t work, you should verify the quality of your Internet connection. Perhaps it’s not strong enough to handle VPN encryption. Here’s what you can try:
- Run an Internet speed test
- Reboot your router
- Move your laptop closer to the router to improve the signal strength
- Configure QoS settings on your router
- Switch from Wi-Fi to Ethernet (wired) mode
- Check for coax splitters
- Get in touch with your ISP
To recap, if NordVPN is not working in China, you could try connecting to obfuscated servers, using another VPN protocol, or enabling custom DNS servers.
You should also disable the VPN kill switch, check split tunneling settings or turn it off, as well as check the quality of your Internet connection.
Did the solutions above work for you? Let us know in the comment section below.